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Obama takes HIV test in Kenya

KISUMU, Kenya, Aug. 26 (UPI) -- U.S. Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., took an HIV test before thousands of onlookers in Kenya Saturday, then visited his grandmother's village.

Many Obama T-shirts were spotted among the crowd gathered to watch Obama and his wife, Michelle, enter the New Nyanza General Hospital in Kisumu and be tested for AIDS on the second day of the senator's trip "home," the Kenya Broadcasting Corp. reported.

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Following the test, which showed Obama and his wife were HIV negative, he urged Kenyans "to gather courage and make the right decision" to be tested.

The Illinois Democrat and his convoy slowly made their way to the village of Nyangoma-Kogelo, about 60 miles from Kisumu, where his paternal grandmother lives.

Obama spent time with his grandmother, Sarah Hussein Obama, and toured a school that was renamed in his honor, the official state-run radio said.

Obama was born in Hawaii. His father is Kenyan and his mother is a white native of Kansas.

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